MUSICPORT returns to its Whitby roots this year. The homecoming line-up, from 5-7 October, includes acts from France, Palestine, the USA, Papua and Madagascar.
The annual festival of music from around the world ran at Whitby Pavilion from 2000-07 but switched to the larger Bridlington Spa from 2008-11. However, the organisers were unable to book the dates they wanted on a regular basis and are going back to the Pavilion. Musicport headliners to date have included Richard Hawley, Buena Vista Social Club, Apache Indian, Courtney Pine, John Cooper Clarke and Rolf Harris.
Festival organisers Jim and Sue McLaughlin live in Whitby and are based at Musicport in Skinner Street. Jim says: 'Remember the moving performance from Reem Kelani in 2008, and the Lani Singers, who told their heartbreaking story from Papua? Both will be with us this year, with Dub Colossus Dub Band and Edward II providing upbeat headlines on Friday and Saturday, and the visually and musically stunning Circle of Sound will round off the festival beautifully on Sunday. The programme is, as ever, packed with acts to entertain and surprise you.
'We also have your favourite food stalls, the festival market, circus skills for all the family, salsa with Luis and Claudia, samba from local students led by Claudio Kron and the festival choir,' Jim says.
'And of course, we have the beautiful town of Whitby. Lots of you have told us you're excited about Musicport coming back to Whitby, so don't delay, call us, book your accommodation and bag yourself an October treat by the sea.
'Once you have booked, tell your friends! Use your networks, both real and virtual, to spread the word about our festival. Anyone who’s been knows that it's unique, it's friendly, intimate and fun - and there will always be something unexpected that wins your heart. So tell everyone you can, share the secret and help make this another memorable year for all the right reasons.'
Whitby Musicport Ltd went into liquidation after last year’s festival so this year is crucial for the event's survival. Jim says: 'We formed a new company and gained permission to use the Musicport name. We want to see if the festival, which we love, has a viable future. We also hope to be able to raise some money for those who were left out of pocket by last year’s troubles. If you want to see Musicport in 2013 and beyond, we need you to support Musicport 2012.'
Festival tickets cost £75. Day tickets cost £20 for Friday, £45 for Saturday and £30 for Sunday. There are discounts and offers for Whitby residents. Tickets can be booked in the shop, by phone (01947 603475) and via musicportfestival.com.
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